Making and creating digital music is no easy task, but if you want to challenge yourself and try your hand at digital music, you would need the services of a very good music making software. It is best to start with a music making software utility that allows for creating audio loops as this will ensure that you can dish out your own music very quickly for everyone to listen to over social networking and social media sites like SoundCloud and MySpace. Here is a list of the best music making software utilities. They should help you in crafting your first of many masterpieces.
Best Music Making Software
FL Studio 11
FL Studio 11 is one of the most complete music making software utilities available online. The software has a wide variety of features that allow for composition, recording, arranging, editing and mixing of your music. In short, FL Studio is a complete Digital Audio Workstation.
The software’s features include the ability to edit audio files by correcting their pitch, warping the audio and changing of the audio timeline, the ability to remix audio by the use of real-time effects like filtering and delay and the ability to create the sound of almost all the instruments present on earth including equipment like electric guitars, bass etc. The software support multi-channel audio input which means that you can record everything from the voice of a single speaker to sounds of different instruments in one go. Not only does the software come with so many features, there are various plug-ins available too that can be used along with the software for making digital music. There are free updates for life once you have purchased the software.
Price: FL Studio Fruity Edition ($99), FL Studio Producer Edition ($199), FL Studio Signature Bundle ($299)
Operating System Supports: Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (Service Pack 3), Mac OS X 10.8
Official Website: http://www.image-line.com/flstudio/
Linux Multi Media Studio, better known as LMMS, is one of the best free music making software. The thing with LMMS is that it is not restricted to a single platform and can be used on both Windows and Linux. While the software’s main user interface is a bit complex, each feature is well-described which makes it easy to use for the beginners as well.
The software’s features cover everything from recording and editing of songs through the song-editor to mixing audios and sounds through an FX mixer, from composing melodies through the Beat+Bassline Editor to the arrangement and editing of patterns and samples through Piano-Roll. The software supports FL Studio and Hydrogen files as well which can be imported to be used with LMMS.
Operating System Supports: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Ubuntu
Official Website: http://lmms.sourceforge.net/home.php
MAGIX Music Maker 2015 Premium
MAGIX Music Maker 2015 Premium is a solid and impressive music making software utility which is packed with features that will aid you significantly in making digital music. Creating and composing songs with the software is very easy with over 6000 sounds and loops already present in the software. Moreover, a pitch wizard is also available to correct the pitch and ensure that the right results are obtained after loops and sounds have been added. Editing music is also very easy with the software with an MIDI editor available that can compose and edit your melodies. Normal audio editing features that are present with any stand-alone audio editor are also available as the software also acts as an audio converter. Mixing features are also available with the software allowing you to modify your music by adding effects like delay.
There is also a limited version of the software though it doesn't have the extended sound pool features and virtual instruments that are available with this Premium version.
Operating System Supports: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
Official Website: http://www.magix.com/us/music-maker/
Hydrogen is another free music creating software which is packed with so many features that it seems astonishing that it is available for free. The software has a very simple user-interface as well with little to no time required to develop an understanding of the things that the software can do. The software’s main features are related to sequencing and mixing. The software has a very powerful pattern-based sequencer which can add a number of patterns in a chain format to any song you want. The software also provides a multi-layered support for the instruments with around 16 or so samples for all of the instruments. The software also has a sample editor which can basically cut and paste and can also add loops. With a wide variety of tracks available, the software offers three capabilities-mute, pan and solo for all these tracks. Songs can also be added or imported into the software while they can also be exported from the software. The software can also play multiple patterns simultaneously.
Operating System Supports: Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Ubuntu
Official Website: http://www.hydrogen-music.org/
Mixxx is another cross-platform free music making software which comes with all the powerful features that are needed to create proper digital music. The software can work with music very well and with features like beat looping, time stretch, cross fader and hotcues, it can totally change the complexion of any song whether it be recorded or downloaded. There is a great song library present with the software while it can also be integrated with iTunes to access songs from your iTunes library. Auto DJ is another interesting feature that puts the software in control as it adds the cross-fade feature to all the songs in your playlist. Microphone input is present for recording all your songs in Mixxx. The software also supports different types of DJ hardware. The software also provides people the opportunity to actually stream their mixing activities with an audience or friends through Shoutcast.
Operating System Supports: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Mac OS X 10.5 and above,
Official Website: http://mixxx.org/